Seniors Rebecca Waterson, shown with swimming coach Brian Nabeta, and Jackson Crawford earned $500 scholarships for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success. (Photo courtesy of Waterson)

Two seniors win A. Dale Lacky scholar-athlete awards

Seniors Rebecca Waterson and Jackson Crawford won the Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League’s two A. Dale Lacky Scholarships, athletic director Matt Vargo announced on April 24.

Waterson and Crawford earned $500 scholarships for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success.

Waterson swam for the Country Day team all four years, has been named a National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) All-American five times and has qualified for the state championships three times.

She is an AP Scholar, National Merit Commended Student, USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and member of the high honor roll with a 4.21 GPA. A math and science tutor, she’s the student body vice president and volunteers with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Waterson will swim at Brown University and plans to major in computer science and creative writing.

“I feel really happy and grateful for all the coaching support I have gotten from Brian Nabeta and for Matt Vargo always keeping the swim team afloat,” she said. “I also really appreciated all of my teammates I have had through the years.”

Crawford played basketball for four years and golf for two seasons. In basketball, he was named all-league four times. In golf, he was all-league once while his team won a divisional section championship.

With a 4.38 GPA, Crawford is a member of the Cum Laude Society who won the George Washington Book Award. He’s a co-online editor-in-chief of the Octagon and a student intern at a venture capital firm. Crawford founded the Entrepreneurs Club at Country Day and expanded it to a community center in Del Paso Heights.

Photo by Elise Sommerhaug

Crawford plans to major in business administration at the University of Southern California with a goal of working in entrepreneurship or sports management.

“It felt very rewarding to be acknowledged for what I’ve done athletically and academically the last four years,” Crawford said. “I am super thankful for all my teachers and coaches in the Country Day community, who I will miss very much next year.

“I want to give a special thanks to Matt Vargo and (boys basketball coach) David Ancrum for what they’ve done for me. They’ve both made playing sports at Country Day super fun for me all these years.”

By Miles Morrow

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